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Green Week

Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.” The City of Gaithersburg is giving its citizens the opportunity to change their world April 5 through 11 during its annual Green Week.
The event is intended to spur better environmental practices among Gaithersburg residents and will include a community clean up day, environmental awards and a free film.

Green Week kicks off Saturday, April 5 with “Community Green Up Day.” The city has chosen several sites to conduct area clean ups. Dyan Backe, an environmental planner for the City of Read More

Season’s Nursery

While Winter doesn’t seem to want to let go of its grip on the region, it is now OFFICIALLY Spring, which means it is time to start landscaping, planting and garden planning for the warmer months.

Gaithersburg’s Season’s Nursery  is a great place to start.

Seasons hanging-flowers

Owner Michael Johnson opened Season’s Nursery in 1992. He has a total of 35 years experience with plants and gardening from working at his family’s business, Johnson’s Flower and Garden Center, which was founded by his grandfather in 1933. With such a strong background in gardening and landscaping, Johnson and the staff at Season’s Nursery offers the Read More

Wonder Book: a book lovers’ delight

Wonder Book  is a hidden treasure for local book lovers. Nestled in the back of the Shady Grove Courtyard center on the corner of Shady Grove and Gaither Roads, the used book store can be tricky to find. But with a selection of more than four million books (spread out between its warehouse, and three locations in Gaithersburg, Frederick and Hagerstown), it’s worth seeking out.


In business since 1980, Wonder Book offers every book genre one can imagine, including graphic novels, classic literature, mysteries, children’s books, fiction and non-fiction titles covering numerous topics. The stores also sell CDs and DVDs. For book lovers Read More

Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Craft lovers get ready! The Sugarloaf Craft Festival will bring more than 250 exhibitors to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg April 4 through 6. Artists will display work in a variety of mediums, including pottery, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, home decor, furniture, home accessories, items for the garden and photography.


Sugarloaf Craft Festivals have been going on since 1976 at sites all over the Mid-Atlantic region. Last year more than 175,000 people attended the festivals which have been ranked as one of the nation’s top craft events.

For the upcoming Gaithersburg show, a full list of craft exhibitors, with links to each artists’ work, can be viewed online. The festival website also has links to Read More

Spring Cleaning

Ready for Spring? You’re not alone. After this long, cold winter, many local residents are anxious for the return of warm weather. Perhaps a little Spring cleaning will help speed the onset of higher temperatures?

If you are among those that like to do an annual purge and clean up, there are numerous businesses out there that will recycle your discarded wares.

SpringCleaning_PursesGoodwill  accepts clothing, toys, household items, small furniture, books and electronics. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The store is located at 619 S. Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg and can be Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Start digging through the closet for your most festive green clothing because the City of Gaithersburg  is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Washingtonian Center. The city is partnering with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg and The Peterson Companies to sponsor the event which will feature Celtic dancers, bagpipe bands, clowns, fire trucks, animals and vendors.

The parade has been a local tradition for the last 14 years. According to Nansie Wilde, recreation coordinator for the City of Gaithersburg, “The Harp and Shamrock Society came to us and said we think Gaithersburg needs a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Initially it was Read More

Largent’s Restaurant & Bar

Kentlands added a new restaurant to its dining scene in early February. Largent’s Restaurant & Bar  opened at 654 Center Point Way, filling a two-story, 9,000-square-foot site that has been vacant for more than two years.
Owner Matt Largent invested in the space last March and spent almost a year remodeling and preparing to open. Largent has owned several restaurant franchises within the past 20 years, most recently the Greene Turtle in Olney. “Largent’s is the first thing I’ve done that isn’t a franchise, so I’m taking everything I’ve learned over the years from owning franchises and trying to do it on my own now,” he said.

A lot Read More

Gaithersburg TotSwap Consignment

TotSwap Consignment Sales  returns to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg March 4-9. There will be thousands items on sale at the event, including spring and summer clothing in sizes appropriate for infants through teenagers, as well as toys, books, baby equipment like strollers and playpens and much more.


Owner and Gaithersburg resident Robyn Rutland was working in the event planning industry when she decided to start TotSwap. “I ran across an event like this in another state and thought it was a great idea. I can’t take credit for the idea, but I brought it to Montgomery County and expanded from there,” she said.

TotSwap has continuously grown since its first sale in Gaithersburg during the fall of 2005. The company now has several sales per year at each of its four regular locations in Gaithersburg, Howard County, Timonium and Frederick.

Anyone interested in consigning at an upcoming TotSwap sales can sign up online. Consigners get first crack at purchasing merchandise during the Gaithersburg sale on March 5. Read More

Winter Weather Safety Tips

The winter of 2013-2014 has packed a serious punch so far. With the start of February, we begin what is considered to be the harshest month in this region. Montgomery County has an abundance of winter weather safety tips and resources for residents to prepare for the ice and snow weather ahead.


Freezing temperatures and wind chills have been brutal this winter. Montgomery County recommends that humans and animals remain indoors and avoid any unnecessary exposure to extremely low temperatures.  To retain body heat, dress in layers and make sure to wear gloves and a hat, preferably one that covers your ears. Waterproof, insulated Read More

Gaithersburg Celebrates African American History Month

The City of Gaithersburg will celebrate African American History Month from 5:45 until 7:15 p.m. on February 18 at the Bohrer Park Activity Center. The gathering will include an art exhibit featuring the works of Ephrem Kouakou and a ceremony honoring winners of an elementary school essay contest.
According to Andi Rosati, senior recreation program supervisor for the City of Gaithersburg’s department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, “We have combined the celebration of African American History Month with our reception for the artist who is exhibiting at the activity center and we’ve made it one big event.”  More than 40 pieces of Read More

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